Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                      1-6-17


 
Campus Ministry Conference
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy and group from the
Philadelphia Campus Ministry (English District)
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy attended the 2017 National LCMS Campus Ministry Conference January 4-6, 2017 in College Park, MD. The theme was "Liberty." The event for college students and campus ministry workers took place on the campus of the University of Maryland, which is about 30 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.

Bishop Hardy was honored to preach at the Morning Prayer Service on Wednesday, January 4th.
Divine Call
Call Received
The Rev. Jeffrey Miskus, Sole Pastor of The Church of St. Mark, Mississauga, ON, Canada, has received a call to serve as the Senior Pastor of the congregation.
 
Call Accepted
The Rev. Jeffrey Miskus, Sole Pastor of The Church of St. Mark, Mississauga, ON, Canada has accepted the call to serve as the Senior Pastor of the congregation.

Church and school activities
Love Thy Neighbor
 
In your community
The first Community Fun Festival was held at Peace in the Valley, Benson, AZ, on December 3, 2016. This project was sponsored by the Outreach Board of the church with an invitation to the surrounding Benson and Mescal, AZ communities. They had a great turnout from the community and plan to make it an annual event.
English District Blog
Outreach through Children's Ministry
by Rev. Jim Elsner

What's your congregation's focus and form of outreach? As a small congregation in a rural setting, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Hudson (Stroh), Indiana, has an outreach focus on its public elementary school - KIDZ KLUB, a Tuesday after-school program. In our fall 2016 session, I taught the fourth- and fifth-grade students about the life of Abraham.
 
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Rev. Jim Elsner is the pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Hudson (Stroh), Indiana. If you would like to highlight your work in the ministry, send a submission for consideration to Lynne, Communications Coordinator for the English District-LCMS, lcobb@englishdistrict.org.
 
Ministerial Health Commission
Sue Neff
By Susan Neff

As the newest member of the Commission on Ministerial Health, let me introduce myself and tell you why I have been asked to sit on this commission. My name is Susan Neff. I am a Parish Nurse in Southern California and have served my home church in that role since 1991. One very important role in my ministry is to promote health and wellness among our congregation and our called church staff. The Commission on Ministerial Health exists to CARE:
 
CONSULT with church workers and their spouses in the areas of emotional and mental health and in the area of conflict in their lives,
 
ADVOCATE on behalf of the church worker before appropriate Synodical departments,
 
RECOMMEND resources for the church worker to assist in their ministry, and
 
EDUCATE through encouraging and occasional presentations to enhance ministerial and congregational health.
 
As a Parish Nurse, this commission and my ministry are parallel in our focus, our goals, and our service.
 
To learn more about Parish Nursing, please contact me at 619-890-8641 (text) or at First Lutheran Church, El Cajon, CA at 619-444-7444 or sneff@youhaveaplace.com .
 
News from our international workers
A Blessed Visitation
Busy, busy, busy! We have been very busy. Over the months of November and December, we visited nine congregations (from Oregon to Virginia), a class of pre-seminary/pre-deaconess students at Concordia University in Seward, and presented about the work at the International Center in Saint Louis as well as at Mission Central, Mapleton, Iowa. We have, without any exaggeration, been blessed through these visitations. It has given us an opportunity to put face to name. It has given us a chance to tell our story and the stories of many in Ghana. And it has also allowed us to present our prayer needs as we serve the Lord there. We thank the Lord for this period of home-service, this time of visitation. But as blessed as we were to visit, we are even more blessed because of the visitation of this season - the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ who has come that we might know God's love and grace by His salvation!


God bless and keep you,
Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster
Your International Workers in Ghana, West Africa
"...hombres fields due sean idóneos pare enseñar también a otros."
("...what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also." 2 Tim. 2:2.)

The words above, written by St. Paul to Timothy, stand behind our plans to prepare indigenous men to be pastors of mission congregations in their own countries. To have a high quality seminary of their own enables regional churches to wean themselves away from dependence upon foreign missionaries to provide long-term pastoral care. By God's grace, they will have an increasing number of local pastors that are eager to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to their own Latin American communities.

Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann

The Ferry Family had one more appearance in the US at Zion Lutheran Church in Marengo, Illinois. This provided a magnificent chance for the kids to experience snow, which was the first time Carissa or Cassie remembered. There was even a Santa Claus at the restaurant where we stopped for lunch, so they really got a full American Christmas experience.

Then it was home to pack and say our last goodbyes. While the parents did the packing, the kids took their opportunity to build a snowman with their grandfather and to engage in snowball fights. We bundled up and headed back to Asia where we quickly shed our bulky layers and started re-adjusting to tropical life again.


From your co-workers in Indonesia, we wish you a very blessed and joyful Merry Christmas , and our prayers for a peaceful Happy New Year .

Yours in Christ's Name,
The Ferry Family
Charles, Cheryl, Caleb, Caitlin, Carissa, Cassandra, and Chloe
 
Concordia Plan Services is delaying the implementation of the recently announced Smart90 maintenance drug program as well as the application of 20 percent coinsurance to the purchase of preventive drugs. With this delay preventive medications will remain covered at 100 percent.  As a result, these changes will not be in effect for the 2017 plan year, but will be evaluated for future years as pharmacy benefit programs continue to evolve.  If you have any questions, contact their Customer Care team at 888-927-7526, Monday - Friday, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT.

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